'Smash' Isn't Canceled Yet, But Showrunner Talks Show's Lack Of Success

'We're All Aware The Show Is Not Successful'

"Smash" isn't quite canceled yet, but it's as good as dead.

The NBC drama was moved to Saturdays where it will air the remainder of its 17-episode second season, starting on April 6.

Though surprised by NBC's scheduling decision, "Smash" showrunner Josh Safran isn't in denial about the fate of this once-heralded series.

“I didn’t see it coming, being relegated to Saturday,” Safran told TVLine. “We’re all aware the show is not successful, but I guess I had hoped we would see what happened when The Voice came back [or] maybe they’d move us to a better time slot. But I understand from the network’s point of view. We hit a number and we stuck there.”

In February, "Smash" star Megan Hilty told HuffPost TV that she tries not to worry about ratings. "Listen, as an actress I realized a long time ago there are a lot of things out of my control," she said. "Those are the things I can't let affect me because what can I do? All I can do is show up and do the best work that I can and the rest is in everybody else's hands."

Those remaining "Smash" fans shouldn't worry about a lack of closure if the show is canceled: Safran told TVLine that Episode 17 “was constructed as a series finale.”

For more from Safran on the likelihood of "Smash" being canceled, click over to TVLine.

"Smash" airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on NBC until April 6 when it switches to its Saturday at 9 p.m. ET timeslot.

Click through the slideshow below to see what the "Smash" cast shared about Season 2's filming ending.

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